A Kansas City father spent the night in jail Wednesday after he allegedly punched his teenage son and whipped him with a belt, causing lacerations to his legs.
Jackson County prosecutors were reviewing the case file Thursday to decide whether to file criminal charges.
Police were called to Shawnee Mission East High School Wednesday afternoon after someone noticed injuries on the 14-year-old boy. The boy told police his father became angry Tuesday night because the boy had forged his father’s signature on a school paper. The father allegedly punched the boy in the chest several times, causing him to fall backward into an entertainment center. The father then allegedly hit him “so hard with the belt that it caused lacerations,” according to a police report.
The boy said he didn’t fight back because he didn’t want the beating to become more severe. He added that his father punched him in the chest Wednesday morning for wearing too light of a jacket to school.
Police noted bruises and marks “all over the victim’s arms and legs” as well as several large scabs on his legs.
Officers went to the 31-year-old father’s home in the 1700 block of Benton Boulevard and arrested him Wednesday night.